2021 NCAA Division I Women’s Championship: Olivia Carter Top Seed in 200 Butterfly

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The 2021 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships continued with the final preliminary session of the meet on Saturday.

Saturday’s prelim events are the 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly and platform diving. The relays are all timed finals and will take place during the finals session. The 1,650 will also be a timed final and heats will start in the afternoon leading into the final.

Virginia leads the meet after winning five events, while NC State has won four and is in second place.

NCAA Championships: Women’s 200 Butterfly

Stanford has dominated the 200 fly with 12 titles, eight ahead of the next highest school. Stanford’s Ella Eastin has the fastest swim in history at 1:49.51, set at the 2018 Pac-12 Championships. That beat Stanford’s Elaine Breeden, who held the record for nearly a decade at 1:49.92. USC’s Louise Hansson won the event in 2018 after Eastin won back-to-back titles. Breeden won three in the event, while Mary DeScenza and Mary T. Meager each won four.

Michigan junior Olivia Carter took the top seed in the 200 fly in 1:53.19in what looks to be an extremely close race ahead.

Texas A&M senior Taylor Pike took the second seed in 1:53.32, followed by Texas sophomore Kelly Pash (1:53.38), Georgia junior Dakota Luther (1:53.43), and Teas freshmen Emma Sticklen (1:53.56) and Olivia Bray (1:5383).

Kentucky junior Izzy Gati took the seventh seed in 1:53.86, followed by Virginia freshman Abby Harter (1:53.90).

NCAA Championships: Top 16

 Event 19  Women 200 Yard Butterfly
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         NCAA: N 1:49.51  2/24/2018 Ella Eastin, Stanford
         Meet: M 1:50.01  3/17/2018 Ella Eastin, Stanford
     American: A 1:49.51  2/24/2018 Ella Eastin, Stanford
      US Open: O 1:49.51  2/24/2018 Ella Eastin, Stanford
         Pool: P 1:51.11  3/21/2015 Kelsi Worrell, Louisville
    Name                 Year School               Seed    Prelims        
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Carter, Olivia         JR Michigan          1:52.17    1:53.19  
    r:+0.68  25.47        54.39 (28.92)
        1:23.45 (29.06)     1:53.19 (29.74)
  2 Pike, Taylor           SR TAMU              1:53.91    1:53.32  
    r:+0.66  25.78        54.29 (28.51)
        1:23.50 (29.21)     1:53.32 (29.82)
  3 Pash, Kelly            SO Texas             1:52.69    1:53.38  
    r:+0.68  24.96        53.29 (28.33)
        1:22.59 (29.30)     1:53.38 (30.79)
  4 Luther, Dakota         JR Georgia           1:52.04    1:53.43  
    r:+0.68  25.86        54.79 (28.93)
        1:23.92 (29.13)     1:53.43 (29.51)
  5 Sticklen, Emma         FR Texas             1:54.43    1:53.56  
    r:+0.65  25.05        53.89 (28.84)
        1:23.33 (29.44)     1:53.56 (30.23)
  6 Bray, Olivia           FR Texas             1:52.03    1:53.83  
    r:+0.68  24.62        53.05 (28.43)
        1:22.72 (29.67)     1:53.83 (31.11)
  7 Gati, Izzy             JR Kentucky          1:53.73    1:53.86  
    r:+0.70  25.56        54.28 (28.72)
        1:23.84 (29.56)     1:53.86 (30.02)
  8 Harter, Abby           FR Virginia          1:53.73    1:53.90  
    r:+0.72  25.44        53.91 (28.47)
        1:23.35 (29.44)     1:53.90 (30.55)
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  9 Gillilan, Coleen       SO Notre Dame        1:55.37    1:53.94  
    r:+0.63  25.17        53.47 (28.30)
        1:22.83 (29.36)     1:53.94 (31.11)
 10 Klinker, Rachel        SO California        1:52.82    1:54.20  
    r:+0.71  25.58        54.08 (28.50)
        1:23.57 (29.49)     1:54.20 (30.63)
 11 Ray, Amanda            FR Florida           1:55.05    1:55.12  
    r:+0.69  25.93        55.27 (29.34)
        1:24.58 (29.31)     1:55.12 (30.54)
 12 Kraus, Alena           JR Louisville        1:54.76    1:55.21  
    r:+0.71  25.57        54.20 (28.63)
        1:24.26 (30.06)     1:55.21 (30.95)
 13 Quah, Jing             SR TAMU              1:55.96    1:55.29  
    r:+0.64  25.60        54.51 (28.91)
        1:23.78 (29.27)     1:55.29 (31.51)
 14 Harrington, Sydney     JR U.S. Navy         1:53.74    1:55.36  
    r:+0.64  25.29        54.04 (28.75)
        1:23.68 (29.64)     1:55.36 (31.68)
 15 Albiero, Gabi          FR Louisville        1:55.24    1:55.38  
    r:+0.64  25.77        54.51 (28.74)
        1:24.59 (30.08)     1:55.38 (30.79)
 16 Hay, Abby              SO Louisville        1:55.67    1:55.60  
    r:+0.71  25.63        54.74 (29.11)
        1:24.93 (30.19)     1:55.60 (30.67)